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There’s a time and place for evrything

There’s a time and place for evrything

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Frequently and wrongly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, this truism  from George  Santayana’s book The Life of Reason (1905) is relevant in view of the events of the past few days. The attack by Pakistan backed terrorists on an army camp in Uri, and the overwhelming outrage thereafter. In 1962, an ill-informed government sent an equally ill-informed and unprepared army to war with China. This was … Read entire article »

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AFSPA and the Sipahi

AFSPA and the Sipahi

My name is Sep (Sipahi) Bhoop Singh. I am a soldier in the Indian Army. I’m from somewhere in India – it really doesn’t matter where exactly, because that’s not relevant. My identity is now that of an Indian soldier rather than a resident of some state. Let me share a secret with you. It wasn’t patriotic thought of serving and dying for my country which made me join the Indian Army. It was more … Read entire article »

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My Dream Road Trip

The first thing that greeted me as I woke up groggily was the intense glare of the midday sun in my eyes. I sat up, a little confused, because I was used to waking up to the sight of a white ceiling, and my disoriented mind grasped feebly for an explanation for the burning light. It could find none. I looked around. I was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car. This was definitely not my room. I looked out of my window, to see a barren desert landscape, with no greenery except for the odd little shrub here and there. This was strange, I seemed to be in an arid part of the world, and even though my sense of sight confirmed that, my sense of smell begged to … Read entire article »

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Swordtoons – Government of India Reacts

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Offensive or Defensive?

Offensive or Defensive?

Dear Rahul Gee, Are we fast moving towards an emergency like situation in the country, with the government getting increasingly intolerant of dissent or slights of any kind? The high handed manner in which the protest by Baba Ramdev was dealt with and the orchestrated campaign to discredit the Anna Hazare movement and malign the key players associated with it are some indications of the dangerous mindset the government is getting into. Recent statements by Kapil … Read entire article »

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Saying it all

The Commissioned Officer of the Indian Armed Forces He is patient and steady and ready to bear, Always wanting to meet every challenge with care, Manner is easy, yet solid as steel, Has a strong faith and is refreshingly real. Never afraid to be bold, Has not committed to the usual mould, Doesn’t back out from what is true, Tells it all straight and means it too. Has confidence and knows he is right, When everyone has doubts on his reasons to fight, To all, he makes his case clear, Even touching the ones who will not hear. Geared up for war, yet praying for peace, Trying hard to make evil cease, He is a leader and is capable of trust, And he knows he will do what he must. The Class I Officer of the Indian Administration He is patient and steady and ready to bear, Always wanting … Read entire article »

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Hacked by Hex (Pak Cyber Thuders)

Hacked by Hex (Pak Cyber Thuders) … Read entire article »

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Gitanjali AF Version

My dear friends, AF version of the original gitanjali has been penned by me as an outburst of the events occurring in the Armed Forces. I hope, it stimulates the peace loving mind to achieve ……………  The original Gitanjali by Tagore is appended below. GITANJALI – AF version —————————————– Head Without Tear Where the action is without tear and the salute is held high; Where leadership is a tree; Where the forces has not been broken up Into fragments by narrow regimented walls; Where orders come out from the depth of experience; Where tireless training stretches its arms towards dedication; Where the clear stream of capability has not lost its way in the mandatory courses of staff duties and appointments; Where the action is led forward by thee into ever-increasing honour — Into that ARMY of pride, my chief, let my forces live. ———————————————————————————— Heart Without Fear Where … Read entire article »

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JOINTMANSHIP EXPERIENCED

  “I have visited nineteen countries in my career of two decades. Do you know that your Navy is interoperable with over twenty six other navies?” The dashing naval Commander from the visiting naval training squadron was not trying to impress the communications staff officer of India’s first Joint Services operational theatre Command headquarters. He was merely stating a fact to the recently posted officer to drive home the strategic nature of his service, the Indian Navy. For the next four years, the officer wished that Indian Navy were as interoperable with Indian Army and Indian Air Force as it was with the rest of the world. The conversation had occurred in July of 2004 and in December the Andaman & Nicobar Islands were struck by an unheard of earthquake intensity … Read entire article »

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